Hell Or Highwater's Brandon Saller Talks Of The Other Side


Orange County California rockstars, Hell or Highwater, was founded by Atreyu’s Brandon Saller, and is the project that keeps Saller stimulated and creative for the time being.  Since their formation they have written and recorded material for their EP "The Other Side" with more material to follow as well as more showcases. Frontman vocalist Brandon Saller was the one to discuss this EP and the future plans for these guys.


1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Hell Or Highwater, and how long the band has been together.

Brandon: Brandon Saller. Vocals. We've been rippin for a little over 2 years.

2. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Brandon: We are based out if Southern California. We got millions of bands here. Some of my favs are Beta Wolf, and Assuming We Survive.

3. Why did the band want to call themselves Hell Or Highwater and does it have a meaning to it?

Brandon: It's nothing like Atreyu. It's a whole different monster. The name comes from our general outlook on this band. Do whatever it takes. Obstacles aside, we move forward. This is our life.

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

Brandon: We're a rock band. Our influences range from Petty to In Flames.

5. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Brandon: Yes. Usually it's a group effort. Starts w an idea and turns into a beast.

6. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Brandon: Real life. Be it mine or someone else in the band.

7. Is it important for you to paint visual pictures with the songs?

Brandon: Absolutely. Songs should be easily one's that fans can relate too.

8. What's your take on The Other Side as a whole?

Brandon: We're really excited about it. It was the first full group effort as a whole for us. The songs are a big more left of center compared to our last release.

9. Is there any story or concept behind the The Other Side title?

Brandon: It is one if the songs but the idea for us was that of seeing yourself as something great. We have great pride in this band. The album cover is a great portrait of this. We are the underdog but people need to remember that everyone was the underdog once.

10. You worked with producer, Fred Archambault, what was it like working with them?

Brandon: He's a genius. By far the best producer I've worked with.

11. Tom Hane did the cover art for The Other Side, how much input did you have on it?

Brandon: Matt came up w the concept. We told him and he nailed it.

12. Select two songs from The Other Side and what inspired the lyrics.

Brandon: Wrong is about when someone in your life is just not right. No matter how much you want them to be. So with times you just have to be real with yourself and move on. Remember the life is about the idea if death. People tend to remember the death of people, I think Due it's dramatic and heavy nature. People don't always die in peaceful ways. This song represents the thought if remembering the legacy and positive side if life and not the death. This song is for my grandfather.

13. What's your favorite song on the EP right now?

Brandon: Wrong.

14. What are your expectations for this EP?

Brandon: We just want our fans to have new music and get some new listeners.

15. Where is this material headed?

Brandon: Straight to hell.

16. Do you guys have a full-length in the works?

Brandon: Not sure. We might just release another EP relatively fast.

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